This week’s news looks at the budget rise which the NHS has received from Theresa May and a high court ruling which has refused a bid for gender neutral passports. In America, Donald Trump has promised to keep migrant families together after images of children who have been taken from their parent have swamped the recent media.
Theresa May Budget Boost for the NHS
Theresa May has unveiled that she will be boosting the NHS budget by £20bn a year by 2023. She has recently said that she believed a new funding deal for the NHS can be financed in part by using the money that will be saved as a result of brexit and has hinted that the remainder will be funded by tax rises.
In a speech at the Royal Free hospital in London, the prime minister confirmed that the government would be putting aside an extra £20.5bn per year for the National Health Service, she also made it seem as though tax rises would be inevitable.
As a country, taxpayers will need to contribute a bit more, but we will do that in a fair and balanced way. And we want to listen to people about how we do that, and the chancellor will bring forward the full set of proposals before the spending review.”
Gender Neutral Passports Refused in the UK
Christie Elan-Cane – a campaigner – recently lost a high court action against the government’s decisions on gender-neutral passports. Christie has been campaigning for passports for people who do not identify themselves as male or female, and states not to do so is a “denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered”.
Christie proposes that the passports have an ‘X’ category, which can be chosen instead of ‘M’ or ‘F’. The high court found that the current system is not unlawful, and found no reason to change the policy and said that it upheld safety at countries borders.
It will be necessary for the government to consider to what extent if any, in an age of increasing social and legal awareness and acceptance of the importance of issues relating to diversity and equality, the recording of an individual’s sex and/or gender in official and other documentation is justified.”
Trump Signs Order to Keep Families Together
American president Donald Trump has come under scrutiny recently after a surge of images showing migrant families being separated at borders have hit the media. Trump has been under a lot of pressure and after initially defending his decisions, has decided to sign an executive order promising to “keep families together”. Trump previously said:
I don’t want children taken away from parents, but when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally – which should happen – you have to take the children away.”
Trump took part in the signing ceremony and admitted that he did not lie seeing families being separated, but the administration would still continue it’s policy of prosecuting anyone entering the country illegally.